Table. Leopard. Coffee.
You’re probably thinking; huh? But three words just like the above could be a common example of the address system of the future.
It’s likely that you’ve never had to worry about not having an address – or the places you spend time in being “un-addressed”. Wherever you move, you just update your old address and start using the one at your new place right? But there are many places and people in the world that don’t have an address. In fact 89% of Australia doesn’t have a fixed address, and 25% of RAC Western Australia call-outs for roadside assistance are to unaddressed locations.
Enter Chris Sheldrick, CEO of UK-based tech startup ‘what3words’. He says: “Around 75% of the world… suffers from inconsistent, complicated or inadequate addressing systems. This means that around four billion people are invisible: unable to report crime, unable to get deliveries or receive first aid, and unable to exercise many of their rights as citizens, because they simply have no way to communicate where they live.”
In remote areas, the problem is worse and can have devastating impact.
“Poor addressing might seem no more than annoying in some countries, but around the world it hampers the growth and development of nations, ultimately costing lives” says Chris. ”It means that in remote locations, water facilities can’t be found, monitored or fixed; and schools, refugee camps and informal settlements remain unaddressed”.
To tackle this problem, what3words has created a system which allows anyone to find any location on earth, easily.
“what3words is a universal addressing system based on a 3×3 metre global grid,” said Chris. “Each of the 57 trillion 3x3m squares in the world has been pre-allocated with a fixed, unique three-word address.”
This allows you and anybody else to communicate precisely where you are, no matter where that is. You could be in the heart of the CBD or camping under a star-filled sky miles away from civilisation. With just three words, you can communicate your exact location.
Visit http://www.what3words.com for more information.
Source: http://www.spatialsource.com.au addressing-the-globe-in-just-three-little-words/